|‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ heads to 6th Street Theater Oct. 25
The 6th Street Playhouse will present “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” directed by Lennie Dean, beginning Oct. 25 in the GK Hardt Theatre.
Based on the 1962 book by Ken Kesey, the adaptation for the stage premiered just a year later on Nov. 13, 1963. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” follows the story of Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson in the film), an anti-authoritarian criminal who opts to try to serve out a short prison sentence in a mental hospital rather than a penitentiary. Once ensconced in the institutionalized setting, McMurphy quickly finds himself at odds with Nurse Ratched, who runs the ward through fear and intimidation.
From the premiere through its two revivals, Cuckoo’s Nest has drawn a host of celebrities to play its classic characters. In the 1963-1964 Broadway production, Kirk Douglas played McMurphy alongside Gene Wilder as Billy Bibbit. Douglas retained the movie rights for more than a decade before giving them to his son, who was finally able to get the film produced in 1975.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest runs through Nov. 10. Tickets range between $27- $32 and are available online or at the box office. Go to www.6thstreetplayhouse.com for tickets or additional information.